Liquid Rolls Out First Fibre Network In South Sudan

The Pan-African telecoms firm Liquid Telecom will construct and deploy South Sudan's first-ever fibre broadband network. This network is set to connect the country to the 'One Africa' broadband network, which runs 70,000km across 13 African countries.

A statement released by Liquid Telecom confirmed that the first phase would be completed before the end of 2019 and would ultimately make affordable and reliable internet connectivity available to approximately 13 million people in South Sudan.

South Sudan will join Liquid Telecom's network across the East African Community –namely Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The Community connects over 300 million people and promotes cross-border investment and trade.

Strive Masiyiwa, the Executive Chairman of Liquid Telecom and Econet Global said that Liquid Telecom is proud to deliver fibre connectivity to South Sudan for the very first time. He added that the modern ICT infrastructure would help in addressing the pressing issues within South Sudan, including the immediate need for job creation, peace and improved livelihoods.

The President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, said that the implementation of this vital fibre infrastructure is a significant step in the delivery of affordable communications to the citizens of South Sudan and the business community.
He noted that by connecting South Sudan to the global internet, the infrastructure development would help improve social mobility and enable economic diversification.

The first phase of the agreement between South Sudan and Liquid Telecom will include a 300km fibre backbone that operates from Uganda's border, through South Sudan.

The network is expected to expand to other cities in phases to eventually support the country's 13 million citizens.

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